Game log: Friday, Nov. 30 – 3-0 home loss to Lethbridge / Saturday, Dec. 1 – 4G in 4-3 OT home victory over Lethbridge.
UBC captain Jerret Smith had a game for the ages Saturday afternoon, scoring four times to earn a 4-3 comeback win over the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Smith’s four-goal performance marked just the fourth time in conference history a defencemen has scored four goals in a game, as Smith joined Alberta’s Dave MacKay (Jan. 1939 and Jan. 1940), along with Mount Royal’s Jesse Lees (Jan. 2018) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
Down 3-0 eight minutes into the third period, the ‘Birds got on the board with Smith’s first of the game. The third-year defenceman from Surrey then scored twice in the final two-and-a-half minutes to force the game to overtime. The former Seattle Thunderbird capped off the comeback with his fourth of the game and sixth of the season.
Not only was the game Smith’s first career hat trick and four-goal game, it was his first multi-goal game in Canada West play. The business student equaled his entire 2017-18 goal production within a 15-minute span and is now up to 10 points on the season, leading the ‘Birds in scoring by defencemen. His six goals are also tied for second on the team.
The T-Birds earned the weekend split with the Pronghorns giving them wins in five of their last six games heading into the December break. At 10-6, UBC currently holds down fourth place in the conference, just one point back of the Calgary Dinos.